WRRS 5652

FONTEIA 1. BC 114-113. Ar Den. C. Fonteius. Janiform head, Fons or Fontus, laureate, * on right, letter D on left, often 1 to 7 dots below head. Galley with pilot and three rowers left, C.FONT above, ROMA below. This type refers to the naval exploits of P. Fonteius Capito, who was praetor in Sardinia in BC 169. The obverse relates to the origin of the Fonteia gens, which claimed as its founder Fons or Fontus, the son of Janus, in whose honour the Fontinalia was held on October 13.


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